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Iran Bends under the Weight of US ‘Maximum Pressure’

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New nationwide protests are heaping pressure on the Rouhani regime; but all routes to a political solution remain blocked off.

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Fact Sheet: China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor

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An overview of the China-Mongolia-Russia corridor, one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

From Democracy to Dictatorship in Modern Europe

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Unless Brussels suspends budgetary support for President Dodon and speaks up for the foreign businesses which prop up Europe’s poorest country, the Eastern Partnership Program must bear full responsibility for the dictator which the EU28 and its allies enabled in Moldova.

Russia’s Revanchist Reach in Africa

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After decades of being relegated to the sidelines, Russia is deepening its political, economic, and military engagement with African countries.

Iraq Protests in Recent Historical Perspective

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The seeds of the current crisis were planted during the demise of the Hussein regime.

Belt and Road Initiative: Challenges for South and Southeast Asia

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Faced with the prospect of ‘debt trap’ diplomacy, which will Indonesia emulate: Malaysia or Sri Lanka?

China’s Enduring Influence over Wa State in Myanmar

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Exploring the interests and motivations underpinning China’s historical involvement in Wa state along the Myanmar border.

Fact Sheet: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

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An overview of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), one of the main economic conduits envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

Untangling America’s Middle East Muddle

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Faced with resurgent ‘great power’ rivals, the United States must realign its Middle East posture.

Overview: China’s Belt and Road Initiative

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An overview of President Xi Jinping’s landmark initiative to link China’s economy with the rest of the world.

Coup or Democratic Spring? Morales Flees Bolivia

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Evo Morales has fled Bolivia, marking a new chapter in the country’s simmering political crisis.

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